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Prof. Haruo Shirane

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Shincho Professor of Japanese Lit...

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Employment History

  • Director
    The Donald Keene Center
  • Editor
  • Professor of Japanese Literature
  • Administrator
    Columbia Center for Japanese Religion


  • PhD. , Japanese literature
    Columbia University
  • B.A. , English literature and Oriental Studies
    Columbia University
  • M.A. , Japanese literature
    University of Michigan
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Genji’s World in Japanese Woodblock Prints at the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center | Roll Online, 29 Nov 2013 [cached]
Columbia University professor of Japanese literature and culture Haruo Shirane will provide the opening lecture on Friday, September 20 at 5:30pm, and a reception at the Art Center will immediately follow at 6:30pm.
Haruo Shirane, Columbia University
Shirane is the Shincho Professor of Japanese Literature and Culture at Columbia University, and he will speak on the widespread influence of The Tale of Genji in Japanese society. Shirane has authored and edited numerous books on Japanese literature, including the volume Envisioning The Tale of Genji: Media, Gender, and Cultural Production, published by Columbia University Press in 2008. His latest book is Japan and the Culture of the Four Seasons: Nature, Literature, and the Arts (Columbia University Press, 2012). Shirane received his B.A. in English literature and Oriental Studies from Columbia University in 1974, his M.A. in Japanese literature from the University of Michigan in 1977, and his PhD. in Japanese literature from Columbia University in 1983.
Donald Keene Center of Japanese Culture, 12 April 1996 [cached]
Among those speaking at the dinner, which served as the official opening of the Kôbô Abé Commemorative Symposium at Columbia, were Professor Haruo Shirane, director of the Center; Rupp; Ambassador Yoshio Karita, consul general of Japan in New York; Professor Carol Gluck, president of the Association of Asian Studies; Professor Barbara Ruch, founding director of the Center; Muneharu Kusaba, executive vice president of the Japan Foundation, Tokyo; Peter Grilli, executive director of the Center; Seiji Tsutsumi, chairman of the Saison Corp., and Professor Donald Keene, Shincho Professor Emeritus of Japanese Literature and University Professor Emeritus.
JASA Programs :: 2008 Archive, 1 Dec 2008 [cached]
A special lecture by Haruo Shirane, Shincho Professor of Japanese Literature, Columbia University, to celebrate the one-thousandth anniversary of The Tale of Genji, one of the great classics of Japanese literature. Professor Shirane, an eminent Genji scholar, is the editor of the recent publication Envisioning the Tale of Genji: Media, Gender, and Cultural Production (Columbia University Press, 2008).
Speakers:Donald Jenkins, Portland Art Museum; Samuel Leiter, Brooklyn College; Terry Milhaupt, independent scholar; Max Moerman, Barnard College; David Pollack, University of Rochester NY; Haruo Shirane, Columbia University
Haruo Shirane on Basho & Haiku | Coldfront, 19 May 2014 [cached]
Haruo Shirane on Basho & Haiku
During the spring, Coldfront Magazine had the pleasure to attend Poets House 25th Anniversary Program event Passwords: Haruo Shirane on Basho & Haiku. As part of the Anniversary Program that covered twenty-five years of poetry over thirty six events, this talk was welcomed with enthusiasm by a full house of haiku practioners and those eager to learn more about the poetic form and its master Basho.
Haruo Shirane is the Shincho Professor of Japanese Literature and Culture at Columbia University, and his talk was loosely assembled around his seminal study, Traces of Dreams: Landscape, Cultural Memory, and the Poetry of Basho. While Western audiences tend to think of haiku as a "special genre" that is practiced by trained experts, Shirane argued that haiku was never an exclusive aesthetic form but has always functioned as an important means of social interaction in Japan. These poetic exchanges took place both between individuals and in groups. Haiku in fact became a popular art form precisely because of its accessibility.
Shirane took the audience through a number of poems, introducing a list of key Japanese terms such as hokku (opening verse), kigo (seasonal word), and kireji (cutting word). He lingered at length on the key notion of ga-zoku which connotes the mixture of the elegant and the vulgar, or the classical and the popular.
After explaining the formal and social aspects of haiku in the Japanese context, Shirane went on to address the rise of haiku's popularity in Western culture in the 1950s and 60s through the Beats such as Gary Snyder, Allen Ginsberg, and Jack Kerouac.
Shirane also discussed D. T. Suzuki, perhaps the most famous Buddhist to Westerners, that held a teaching position at Columbia University around that time.
Haruo ..., 20 June 2012 [cached]
Haruo Shirane Columbia University, Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures
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